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Chandler N. Davis, 93, died peacefully with his family by his side on April 17 at Addison Gilbert Hospital.
The third of five children born to the late R. Chandler Davis and Constance Wonson Davis, he was a lifelong resident of Annisquam. He graduated from Hebron Academy and attended Rutgers University before being called into service during World War II.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Force as an Aviation Cadet in 1942 and became a pilot shortly thereafter. He served as a Warrant Officer and Ship's Pilot, attained the rank of Master Sergeant, and was Commander of an 85' Air Sea Rescue Ship in the South Pacific. Chandler received the American Theater of War Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal with three battle stars, Philippine Liberation Medal, Philippine Presidential Citation Medal, and American Service Medal for Good Conduct. Upon returning from the war in 1946, Chandler married Marie Frances Kenneday of Franklin, Tenn., whom he met on a blind date. They raised three children on Adams Hill Road in Annisquam and were married for 55 years, until her death in 2000.
Chandler’s career spanned over 50 years in Gloucester, where he was the president and owner of Babson-Elwell and Davis, the oldest insurance agency on Cape Ann.
He was also actively involved in the community, serving as Chairman of the Board of Gloucester National Bank, Director of U.S. Trust/Essex, was a member of the Gloucester Board of Health for over 14 years, Vice-Chairman of the Addison Gilbert Hospital Foundation, and was President and Chairman of the Board of Directors that built Seacoast Nursing Home, adjacent to the Hospital. Chandler was the longtime President of the Mt. Adnah Cemetery, served for years as Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Annisquam Village Church, and served as President of the Leonard Club. Chandler was a member of the Annisquam Yacht Club since 1946 and served as Governor and as Commodore. He was a member of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion in Gloucester and Manchester-by-the-Sea, and the AMVETS Post #3. He loved being on the water in Annisquam and shared his passion for boating, particularly sailing and fishing, with his family. Chandler also loved skiing, and was an avid tennis and paddle tennis player. Though he travelled extensively over the years, his favorite place to be was at home overlooking the Annisquam River.
Chandler is survived by his wife, Nancy; and two daughters, Mimi Emmons of Annisquam and Constance Cederholm (David) of Vero Beach, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Melissa Davis of Ipswich; and a sister, Marcia D. Aldrich of Deer Isle, Maine. He leaves six beloved grandchildren, Courtney Wilson of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., Christopher Wilson (Kristen) of Essex, Mass., Annie and Claire Cederholm of Baltimore, Md., Brittan Davis of Gloucester, Mass., and Amory Davis Gray (Seth) of Mt. Desert Island, Maine; two great-grandchildren, Fletcher and Dashiell Wilson of Essex, Mass.; two step-children Alison Hodgkins (Steve Morse) and Erik Hodgkins (Patty); and two step-grandchildren, Kristina Tibert (Mike), all of Gloucester, Mass., and Michael Hodgkins of Seattle, Wash. He was predeceased by his son, Chandler N. Davis, Jr.; his son-in-law, Robert W. Emmons, Jr.; and three siblings, Anne M. Thompson, Carolyn D. Pearce and Stephen H. Davis.
Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester, MA.
Published on  May 3, 2017
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